The 2021 legislative session ended with the enactment of eight CCA-backed bills by Governor Gavin Newsom. While CCA-sponsored AB 1269 (Garcia) on Equity for Part-Time Professors was placed on the waiting file, the following bills obtained the governor’s signature:
AB 245 (CHIU) – Equity in Education, Student Records, Name and Gender Changes
Requires California Community Colleges (CCC), UC, and CSU to update a former student’s records to include the student’s updated legal name or gender if the institution receives government-issued documentation of the student showing that their legal name or gender has been changed. In addition, the institution will be required to reissue specified documents conferred or issued to the former student with their updated legal name or gender, upon request. This law also requires that an institution offer the possibility to a graduate student to request that the degree to be conferred indicates the name chosen by the student, starting with the promotion 2023-24. Status: AB 245 was promulgated on October 6.
AB 275 (MEDINA) – Community College Education Support Professionals
Reduces the maximum length of a trial period for education support professionals to six months or 130 days of paid service, whichever is longer. This change would apply to a contradictory collective agreement concluded before January 1, 2022, until the expiration or renewal of this collective agreement. Status: AB 275 was promulgated on October 6.
AB 337 (MEDINA) – CCC Board of Governors
Eliminate the ban on a student member voting during their first year on the CKC board, ensuring two student votes on the board. Status: AB 337 was promulgated on June 28.
AB 417 (MCCARTY) – Rising Scholars Network, students involved in justice
Authorizes the CCC Chancellor’s Office to establish the Rising Scholars Network and to enter into agreements with up to 50 community colleges to provide additional funds for services in support of post-secondary education for students involved in justice . AB 417 requires a community college district that wishes to participate in the Rising Scholars Network to apply for funding to the Board of Trustees. The law also requires the board of governors to pass bylaws for the Rising Scholars Network that meet certain goals and directions and submit a report every two years. Status: AB 417 was promulgated on October 6.
AB 543 (DAVIES) – Public Post-Secondary Education, Student Guidance, Calfresh
Requires CCC, UC, and CSU institutions to provide educational and eligibility information on CalFresh to all incoming students for all campuses in their respective segments as part of their student orientation. Status: AB 543 was promulgated on October 6.
SB 436 (DAHLE) – Community Colleges, Tuition Fees for Non-Residents
Extends the operation of the non-resident tuition exemption for eligible Lake Tahoe Community College students (due to the college’s location on the California-Nevada border). Status: SB 436 was enacted on October 6.
AB 367 (GARCIA) – Menstrual products
Requires all public schools serving Grades 6 to 12, California State University and every community college district to fill their toilets with menstrual products. Status: AB 367 was promulgated on October 8.
SB 442 (NEWMAN) – School Districts and Community College Districts: Governing Board Elections: Charter Cities
Reviews how county committees can make changes to the organization of school districts authorized to approve petitions to pass board elections, regardless of what a city charter may say about subject, including those with an established hybrid or independent redistribution commission. Status: SB 442 was enacted on July 23.